Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Eric Lyon (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 17:46:05 EDT

> Anyway, I don't think Merzbow is emulating anyone.

About 10 years ago I read an interview in a Japanese culture mag (wish
I still had it!) where Merzbow stated that he wanted to be "the Sun Ra
of Noise music". There was a time when Aphex Twin claimed that he was
not influenced by other people's music (OPM), but in recent years even
RDJ started owning up to being influenced by OPM. IMO the idea of music
existing outside of social/historical references is more an interesting
philosophical construct than anything that could happen in the real
world. If there were some truly autistic music created by someone with
literally no influences, it would only be heard as such only by the
creator. As soon as anyone with a history of musical listening
encountered the artifact, they would contaminate it with their
preconceptions, listening strategies, and comparisons to other music in
their mental database. Perhaps this idea is an extreme form of
nostalgia for the modernist insistence on originality at all cost?


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